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Stokes' ties to Deacon prodigies sway recruit

East Carolina has reportedly received a verbal basketball commitment from 6-foot-9, 205-pound power forward John Fields of Fayetteville Jack Britt High School. Fields averaged 19.1 points for the Buccaneers as a junior.

Fields said new Pirates coach Ricky Stokes recruited him aggressively and cited Stokes' experience in developing NBA players Tim Duncan and Rodney Rogers as an assistant at Wake Forest as an influential factor in his decision.

From staff reports.


Holtz: ECU must make up ground before opener

Fall football, Skip Holtz-style, is underway at East Carolina. ECU's first-year head coach directed 105 players through the first day of preseason camp Friday, launching a four-week period of preparation leading up to the Pirates' season opener against Duke.

The day's agenda included a morning walk-through and a three-hour afternoon session in helmets and shorts in Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium, the site where the first official chapter of the Holtz era will go in the books when the Blue Devils visit on Sept. 3.

Holtz, quoted in an ECU news release, indicated he was glad fall camp had finally arrived and expressed satisfaction with the first day's results, but cautioned against premature optimism.

"We've waited a long time to have an opportunity to get back on the field," said Holtz. "It was exciting to see everyone together for the first time, particularly the freshmen and the guys who missed spring drills."

"I'd label the practice as upbeat, positive, fast-paced," he said. "We resembled a football team out there today and I think that serves as a testament to everyone's commitment and hard work during the spring and summer.

"Yet, let's not forget we're still in a position of playing catch-up and we will be for awhile."

The Pirates will conduct single workouts through Tuesday and two sessions on Wednesday, donning shoulder pads for the first time on Sunday and full gear on Tuesday.

Prior to today's afternoon workout, the team will stage its annual media day activities at the Murphy Center.

Compiled from an ECU Athletics release.


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